Automatically Link to Twitter Usernames in Content

Automatically Link to Twitter Usernames in Content : This is especially useful if you are running a website that focuses a lot on Twitter (probably a viral content site, etc.)

The following code snippet for functions.php converts all @ mentions in your content to their respective Twitter profiles.

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For example, an @happy mention in your content will be converted to a link to the Twitter account “” (“happy” being the username):

function content_twitter_mention($content) {
return preg_replace('/([^a-zA-Z0-9-_&])@([0-9a-zA-Z_]+)/', "$1<a href=\"$2\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow\">@$2</a>", $content);
add_filter('the_content', 'content_twitter_mention');   
add_filter('comment_text', 'content_twitter_mention');

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About the Author: Bernard Aybout

In the land of bytes and bits, a father of three sits, With a heart for tech and coding kits, in IT he never quits. At Magna's door, he took his stance, in Canada's wide expanse, At Karmax Heavy Stamping - Cosma's dance, he gave his career a chance. With a passion deep for teaching code, to the young minds he showed, The path where digital seeds are sowed, in critical thinking mode. But alas, not all was bright and fair, at Magna's lair, oh despair, Harassment, intimidation, a chilling air, made the workplace hard to bear. Management's maze and morale's dip, made our hero's spirit flip, In a demoralizing grip, his well-being began to slip. So he bid adieu to Magna's scene, from the division not so serene, Yet in tech, his interest keen, continues to inspire and convene.